any intrest in a group buy

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  1. daugherty

    daugherty part time reefer

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    this is what i got


    Mon 5/03/10 2:57 PMTo: James DAUGHERTY ([email protected])
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    }Thanks, James! I will have everyone updated first thing tomorrow. Have a great day!

    Jon Westmark
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Ahhhh, so we should all start getting our e-mails on the 4th after he updates everything. Makes sense now.
     
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    Thanks James.
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Woo Hoo! Go get that swag you guys. Group buy open today through the 10th!
     
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    Check your junk mail folders.
    That's where mine ended up this morning.
     
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    I'm logged in as a member of the group buy but I don't see discount pricing. Same everyday pricing.
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    I think they take it off when you put it in the cart, or go to check out.
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Actually, as long as it says group buy next to your name, you will get the discount. Once you put things in your cart you will see the discounted price.
     
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    ok, i see. So basically it's the "as low as" price in red.
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Yeah I think so. At least that's how I'm reading it anyway. I know the 2 part calcium w/mag. is 56.00 with the discount, down from 69.00
     
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    Yeah, I got my email finally and account looked good when I logged in. Transferring 'wish list' over now...
     
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    Alright - so I'm a little curious about how this generally works. This is my first 'group buy' but I'm worried we're not really seeing/feeling the discount as possible...

    I switched things over from my wish list and noticed the lower price once the item was actually in my shopping cart.

    When I looked at the total, it was just over $600 not including shipping and I started to become a little concerned, so I did some digging, like a clam...

    Koralia Magnum 5 PH:
    BRS: $111.99 Amazon.com: 70.99

    pH Meter Pen:
    BRS: $19.99 Amazon.com: 13.90 (different brand)

    Refractometer:
    BRS: $36 eCrate: 24.00

    Activated Carbon (3lbs):
    BRS: $36 Petco: 22.00 (different brand, BRS is proprietary)

    Maxi-Jet 1200 (no group-buy discount):
    BRS: $24.99 Opentip: 21.88


    The method isn't exactly scientific, and I understand the economies of scale enough to know that since, as a group, we're not bulk buying *one* specific item, that the discount isn't as deep, but some of the items are marked up over 40% at BRS, even after discount.

    Is this normal, or does anyone else see this as well in their carts? I also see that some of their items (like their GFO and Carbon reactors) or proprietary items they build themselves and it's difficult to compare this overall.

    Thoughts?
     
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    I would use BRS for their specific items like 2-part solutions/mixes, HC GFO, Rox .8 Carbon, drew's dosers, etc.
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    +1, that's pretty much what I'm getting. Well plus a fragging kit, and a scrapper.
     
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    Yeah - I did like the GFO/Carbon Deluxe reactor - but they were out of stock. That was the other disappointment, three of the things, big ticket items, I wanted were out of stock. I called and said I was part of a group buy and wanted to see if there was anyway to order it at the group-buy price but have it on back-order. They apparently don't allow that.

    Maybe next time we can try Marine Depot or Dr. Fosters?
     
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    d2mini VIP Member

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    Aw, that's too bad.


    You can try, but I doubt you'd see either of them doing a group buy any time soon seeing as how huge they are and the fact that their prices are usually pretty low to begin with.
     
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    We could always picket and strike...
     
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    I'm also surprised that no one on this forum works for one of the major vendors (Marinedepot, Drs F&S, etc.)

    Where's the hookup when you need it bad!
     
    OmegaOmega, May 7, 2010
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    Even if there were someone who worked for one of those sites...retailers kinda frown upon "sharing" discounts
     
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    Frown all they want... i want a discount.
     
    OmegaOmega, May 7, 2010
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